Writer: Charles Dickens
Director: Dominic Hill
Reviewer: Callum Sergeant
Callum, at 11 is the youngest member of The Public Reviews Scotland Team, a technical wiz he is also a talented photographer, here is his child’s eye view of the Citizens Theatre’s 2014 festive offering,A Christmas Carol.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a notoriously bitter old man determined not to let Christmas get in the way of his usual, miserable, daily routine.
This stage production in one word was, amazing!
Travelling back in time to the beginning you get some lovely, welcoming music performed by the cast themselves. Moving on a bit we find Mr Scrooge in his candle-lit office going about his usual work only tonight, it’s Christmas Eve. And being the lovely kind man he is Scrooge has given his employees Christmas Day off, how nice! Soon enough coming through the door is his nephew asking if he would like Christmas dinner at their house. You probably managed to guess what he said: “No”. Typical.
Anyway moving on Mr Scrooge meets Jacob, who by the way is a ghost, who informs him that he will see three ghosts on the sounding of the one o’clock bell on three different days. The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. The ghost of Christmas past does what you expect and shows him memories of him having fun as his younger self. As for the ghost of Christmas present, a light up Christmas jumper wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but did the same as the ghost of Christmas past, showing scenes of what Christams really should be about. Finally a beast that cannot be described by words, but put it this way, it was ugly, appeared! This so-called ghost showed Mr Scrooge that he would die. Very nice of him. This makes Scrooge angry and as if by magic he now comes to love Christmas and as for the ghosts coming on three different days well that didn’t happen, so in fact he didn’t miss Christmas after all: celebrating with a big, big turkey though I’m not too sure about its authenticity.
Anyway everybody was more than happy. The end. But don’t worry it’s not the end of the review just yet.Now I think it’s only fair we mention the Citizens Theatre. In a word I would say beautiful, amazing, lovely. Wait that’s three, sorry. The auditorium is a wonderful place: really cosy and of course not too big, just the right size. The staff are lovely and so is that tablet ice cream. Yum yum.
In a sentence, one of the best productions I’ve ever seen. The cast were amazing, the set was brilliant; it stuck to its time period with gas lamps and wooden items and well, a little sing along in the middle really lifted the mood too. Oh, I’ve done it again that’s two sentences! Anyway before I get too carried away I shall stop here, but being serious, this is a fantastic play I would strongly recommend you go and see it.
Runs until 3rd Jan 2015
Image: Tim Morozzo